Does Your 2017 EIR Look Too Much Like Your 2015 EIR?
Friday, May 19, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT
San Francisco, CA, United States
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Global climate change and the historic drought continue to shape legislative policies in California. A new set of acronyms and phrases is gaining prominence: VMT, GSA, TPA, RCIS. We know more about “reverse CEQA,” but what does it really mean for your EIR? New legislation and guidelines are changing how key environmental conditions are evaluated and mitigated under CEQA. SB 379 now requires jurisdictions to include climate adaptation and resiliency strategies in their general plan safety elements, and regulatory agencies, such as the Coastal Commission, are taking aim at policies to address sea level rise, all of which influence how EIRs are drafted. And, as always, court decisions continue their role in changing the CEQA process. It’s fair to say that these changes will have a “significant impact” on the preparation of EIRs, affecting analysis of transportation, climate change, water supply, land use compatibility, and much more. The EIR of 2017 is likely to be a very different animal than the EIR of even a few years ago. The panel will look at significant legislative changes, court decisions, and changing environmental conditions that are reshaping CEQA analysis. The panel will include a CEQA consultant, a land use attorney, a transportation planner, a city planner, and a civil engineer.
Lynne Bynder, firstname.lastname@example.org